Aired: January 16, 2016

Coming Home to Big Stone Gap

Courtesy of Flickr user Justin Meissen

  • Hearing Appalachia (12 min.)

    With: Tessa McCoy-Hall (UVA Wise) and Meredith McCool (University of Virginia)

    Hoping to revitalize the town of Appalachia, Virginia, Tessa McCoy-Hall and Meredith McCool looked to the past. They share the stories they heard while interviewing old-timers from the once-rich mining town.

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  • Coming Home to Big Stone Gap (15 min.)

    With: Adriana Trigiani

    Best-selling author Adriana Trigiani talks about life growing up in the small Appalachian town of Big Stone Gap. Her new movie, Big Stone Gap, based on her novel of the same name, is out this winter.

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  • Problem-Solving with the Humanities (12 min.)

    With: Bro Adams (Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities)

    What are the biggest challenges facing American society today? And how can we solve them? Bro Adams says that science and technology can’t solve those challenges–but the humanities can.

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  • The Surprising History of the Gettysburg Battlefield (12 min.)

    With: Jennifer Murray (UVA Wise)

    Most of us know the history of the battle of Gettysburg, but Jennifer Murray tells the story of what happened to the battlefield after the fighting stopped.

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  • For the Love of the Mountains and Their People

    A film director from the town of Big Stone Gap in Virginia had a homecoming like no other when she returned for the release of her new film. Lilia Fuquen reports that the romantic comedy reveals a certain nostalgia for both the mountains and the people of Big Stone Gap.

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